Information for the Disability Community:

The disability community fought for many decades to obtain civil rights. In 1990, the ADA was passed to guarantee those rights under law. ADA Insights provides in-depth empirical research and analysis about how the ADA is enforced. This information is extremely important for disability rights activists and civil rights groups. It is also crucial in helping people with disabilities who have filed or are considering filing an ADA complaint.

Summary of the ADA

On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) -- this country's most comprehensive civil rights law for people with disabilities. The Act prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment (Title I), in public services (Title II), in public and private accommodations (Title III) and in telecommunications (Title IV). The EEOC is responsible for enforcing Title I's prohibition against discrimination against people with disabilities in employment.

Under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), individuals who believe they have been discriminated against in employment on the basis of a disability may file an administrative charge. The charge initiates an administrative dispute resolution process. After pursuing their administrative remedies, aggrieved individuals may file a lawsuit in federal court.

ADA Insights and the Disability Community

Our research group started investigating the enforcement of the ADA five years after its enactment. All along the way, our group has maintained strong relationships with the disability community. Every research project undertaken is advised by a board comprised entirely of leaders in the disability community. Our projects have been commended for partnering with and hiring people with disabilities.

How Can We Help You?

If you are a disability rights activist or group, you will find a wealth of information related to Title I (the employment provisions) of the ADA through this website. We have also organized information that is useful for individuals who are considering filing a claim under the ADA or those who have already filed claims. If you are such an individual, you will need to make some important choices as you move forward - choices that could affect the outcome of your case. We have provided useful tools to make the process of filing easier and, perhaps, more effective, for you. From the research that we have done, you can leverage the experience of almost 300,000 people and hopefully save time and effort.

Other interesting items:

*2002 Psychiatric Services Article*

*1999 Psychiatric Services Article*

*ADA Title I Complaint Processing Guide*

*Myths and Facts about the ADA*


*Links to Useful Web sites*

Sources: Smithsonian Institute Exhibit on Disability Rights Movement, EEOC web page on the ADA.

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